Right Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice):
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Maisonneuve (Mr. Lemieux) who entertained us last evening with an address that, no doubt, from many points of view was very interesting-although I think it must be confessed that it was in many respects hardly relevant to the motion and the amendment before the House-covered, as I took occasion to say, when moving the adjournment of the debate last night, a very considerable extent of ground. It is not my purpose or intention to take up in detail all the different matters, more or less relevant, which he introduced into that discourse. I shall content myself with dealing with what seemed, in the mind of the hon. gentleman at all events, to be the outstanding points which he sought to make, limiting myself, if I may use the expression, to "touching the high spots". That will necessarily reduce the length of my observations, because so far as I was able to appreciate his discourse the high spots, were rather conspicuous by their absence.
The hon. gentleman, I suppose in view of what had preceded in this debate, by way of finding something that might perhaps constitute a reason why this motion should be made, and a reason that might at least call for some discussion as to why we should have an election, suggested that we should have an election because there is going to be an Imperial Conference, as he described it, in the month of June. And when he mentioned "Imperial Conference", there immediately crept into his discourse a subject that he seems as incapable of keeping out of his speeches as was the famous Mr. Dick, of Dickens' creation, incapable of keeping out of his literary productions the head of King Charles. [DOT]
He gave us a dissertation upon his conception of Canada's national position, and in that he gave us another evidence of his settled determination to thwart every endeavour that may be made to assure to Canada the national status to which she has so long aspired, and to create the impression that her achievement in the direction of that full national status amounted practically to nothing. He clings-with all the determination which the hon. the leader of the Opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) attributes to us in what he calls our clinging to office-to the colonial garments with which he sees Canada still robed.